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Former DA councillors endorse Jordaan for mayor

2016-07-31 18:26
Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordaan is addressing an interactive meeting Bluewater Bay (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Port Elizabeth  Two former DA councillors who resigned on the eve of local government elections have thrown their support behind the ANC in an effort to keep control of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Muncipality.

Keith Koll and Nomakosi Cobo have since been welcomed into the ANC.

According to a statement released by Koll, the two had done much soul searching and reflection on who would be best suited to run the municipality.

“We have decided that we cannot encourage people to vote for a party and leader [Trollip] who treated its long-serving members with disrespect, racist stereotypes and derision… a leader who still has to answer for serious allegations made against him by the farmworkers of Bedford,” Koll said.

Moreover, he added, ANC mayoral candidate Danny Jordaan’s engagement with the community of Uitenhage and other areas had swayed his political stance. 

“These actions by Jordaan have convinced me that he is by far the only logical choice for the position of mayor of Nelson Mandela Metro," he said  

“When Jordaan said you can't argue against success and progress, he struck a chord with me. Indeed no one in the DA has been able to contest his record of fighting corruption and attracting investments of R20 billion in just 12 months,” Koll added.   

He called for residents to cast their votes in favour of the ANC.

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